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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injury Sustained by Woman in Sudbury

Case Number: 17-OCI-316

Mississauga, ON (29 December, 2017) ---

The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the injury sustained by a 19-year-old woman who was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service officers in October of 2017.


In the early morning hours of October 28, 2017, police officers arrested the woman at the Downtown Sudbury Transit Terminal. She was taken to the police station and lodged in a cell. At approximately 2:50 a.m., the woman stood on the cement bed and punched the Plexiglas located above the cell doors with her right hand.  Upon release the next morning, she attended the hospital and was diagnosed with a fracture of the right hand.


Director Loparco said, “I have terminated the investigation into this incident as the injury the woman sustained was self-inflicted as is evident by a review of the cell video.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342